Lonely Planet Writer

Pledge to rebuild Portuguese Language Museum in Brazil after fire

On Monday afternoon flames tore through one of São Paulo’s  most popular landmarks, the Portuguese Language Museum. Thirty-seven firetrucks and over one hundred firefighters were required to put out the blaze, one of whom died on the scene.

Downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil. Image by Rafael Vianna Croffi / CC BY 2.0

Officials closed nearby metro stops and the train station, and public transportation in the area will only resume once officials have evaluated the structural integrity of the building, The building housing the museum dates back to the early 1800s and the governor has pledged to rebuild the landmark with help from the private sector. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

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